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WCHS soccer falls to Owls, 7-2
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Abram Stinson, right, was aggressive and busy on Tuesday in the region soccer match against Ooltewah. The Pioneers advanced to the region and unfortunately had their season end at Ooltewah. - photo by Brad Durham
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Pioneer sophomore Cooper Bailey saw action in the region tournament Tuesday in Ooltewah. - photo by Brad Durham

The high school Pioneer soccer team traveled to Ooltewah Tuesday night for a postseason Region 3-AAA Tournament match. 

The Owls from Ooltewah have a formidable team, and they beat the Pioneers 7-2. The match was never in doubt, and the Pioneers struggled against a superior team. It was a sad end to a successful season for Warren County.

Ooltewah has two seniors who are going to be playing soccer in college, and one senior who will be a placekicker at Morehead State. Warren County played tough for the first 10 minutes, holding Ooltewah to a 1-0 lead. John Jackson scored the first of his two goals in the match for Warren County with 21 minutes to go in the first half to cut the Owls lead to 3-1. The half ended with Ooltewah leading 4-1.

The Pioneers only had two to three players who could go into the game as substitutes. Ooltewah had more than enough players to replace their starting team, which they did in the second half. Warren County had a tough time advancing the ball past midfield for most of the match, and they had a difficult time taking the ball away from Ooltewah.

John Jackson scored the final goal for Warren County on a free kick with 3:14 left in the match that concluded the scoring for both teams. Warren County appeared to have some players hurt in the final minutes of the match. The Pioneers had a tough time keeping up with the Owls who substituted freely and were able to keep fresh legs on the field.

Ooltewah fans stated after the game the Owls had beaten several teams by wide margins during the season. Ooltewah had only one loss during the regular season, which was to district rival Cleveland.

Rhea County lost to Cleveland Tuesday, 2-1. Ooltewah beat Cleveland for the region championship 3-0, which was a rematch of their district championship.

The Pioneers finished their regular season as the second-place team in the district, and they hosted two district matches. They lost to Rhea County in the district championship match, and represented District 6-AAA as the runner-up in the Region 3-AAA tournament. 

Overall, the Pioneers had a winning season after losing last year’s season to the pandemic.